Vatican post office sells over 150k Vacant See sets
By Estefania Aguirre
Vatican post office sells over 150k Vacant See sets

.- The Vatican is now selling special stamps and envelopes that are made only when there is no Pope.

“They are very important stamps because they are issued only when the Pope is not in his place,” said Mauro Olivieri, the head of the Vatican’s post office.

In a March 7 interview with CNA, Olivieri explained why the post office has already sold over 150,000 sets of Sede Vacante stamps.

“The value is very high for stamp collectors and it’s not just an economical value, but they’re more valuable because it symbolizes a very particular period for the Catholic Church,” he said.

In addition to official declarations and statements, the stamps are the “official way” the Vatican “says that the Holy See is vacant,” he stated.

People can buy the stamps just as they are, or with a red post office cancellation mark on them.

The cancellation mark carries the date of the beginning of the vacant see, which was March 1. Olivieri said the stamps communicate that there is no Pope to those who receive the mail, while the cancellation mark placed on the stamps shows them that the State is still running.

The Sede Vacante stamps cost the same amount as regular Vatican postal stamps do, since their value is the same.

They come in a series of four types, each with a different value.

The first kind has a light green background and is worth 0.70 euro, which can be used for mail sent within Italy. Letters sent to other European countries require a pale blue background and cost 0.85 euro. Anyone who wants to get mail to Asia, Africa and the Americas will need a 2 euro stamp with a grey background, while the 2.50 euro stamps with a light yellow background are necessary for reaching Oceania.

The image on the stamps depicts an angel holding an umbrella and a set of crossed keys, the coat of arms for the Holy See during the Sede Vacante.

The post office is also selling envelopes, which include the stamps and the cancellation mark.

“We hope to sell a lot of them, but it depends how long the Vacant See will be,” Olivieri said.

“So we’re in the hands of the cardinals because as soon as they elect a new Pope we will not sell the stamps anymore for postal use,” he added.

The Vatican City State is also issuing two kinds of coins for the Sede Vacante period.

A 2 euro coin which can be used in Europe is being made. In addition, a 5 euro silver coin and a 10 euro gold coin will be produced.

The normal 2 euro coin will have the normal face for each country on one side and the opposite side will include the coat of arms of the camerlengo, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, and the surmounted the symbol of the Apostolic Chamber.

With the 5 and 10 euro coins, the Vatican is allowed to design both faces.

One side will have the coat of arms of the Apostolic Chamber and the camerlengo, the same as the 2 euro face. The other face will include a dove symbolizing the Holy Spirit with the Latin words “Veni Sancte Spiritus,” (Come Holy Spirit), invoking his help as the cardinals chose the new Pope.

For the latest information on the stamps and coins, please visit: http://www.vaticanstate.va/

Tags: Vatican, Conclave, Sede Vacante

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic

Liturgical Calendar

April 24, 2014

Thursday within the Octave of Easter

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 24:35-48


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Acts 3:11-26
Gospel:: Lk 24:35-48

Saint of the Day

Easter Sunday »


Homily of the Day

Lk 24:35-48


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: